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    Default something worrying about already registered usernames

    I'm sure most of you have read the article sent by referback about the scumware parasite plugins and cursed those damn parasitic programmers!

    If not here is the part:
    Scumware: Parasite plug-ins

    There has been a tremendous amount of noise in the industry relating to Scumware and Parasite ware and to demonstrate our commitment to you, we decided to investigate this and have the following to share with you…

    Our investigation revealed the following facts:
    Within the broad range of scumware applications out there, hundreds of smaller parasite plug-ins have been developed to specifically identify advertising space (including pop-ups) on websites and then dynamically re-write the url string to replace the originating url information with the parasite owner's details. Essentially, your traffic is hi-jacked instantly and the end user is completely unaware of the fact that he's being escorted to the site by a thief. The user still arrives at the website he thought he would when he clicked on the "banner" and the transaction continues unhindered.

    Unfortunately, the rate of infection is unknown and new parasites are developed all the time. It's not too difficult for an unsuspecting or inexperienced user to infect themselves and, fortunately or unfortunately, the successful installation of the parasite relies entirely on the user voluntarily accepting it. Obviously, the parasites are well hidden in a new tool bar application, a file sharing program, password storage program or even system pop-ups asking the user to choose "Yes to Proceed" or "No to Cancel". Clicking yes to many of these windows immediately opens the door to the parasite.

    In one scenario, the parasite can be an Internet Explorer plug-in called IE Assist, which installs a parasite file called winy.exe. This small little file allows the parasite owner to take control of any advertising on any infected pc. The frustrating part is that even though you and your site are clean as a whistle, it's your visitor's pc that counts. So, lets talk solutions.

    The real, long-term answer is to be very careful in what we accept or download on the net. However, many thousands are already infected and we need to provide a solution for them to stop traffic theft as soon as possible. The only way to cut back on traffic being stolen by the parasites is to help your infected users detect and uninstall the guilty applications and plug-ins on their pc's. Remember, the likelihood is that most of your users won't be infected - but losing even 1% of your traffic to parasites is obviously too much.
    Apologies for the length, especially if you've already read it. However my point is this, I've noticed recently at some online casino signups that when I try to use my regular username, it is already taken!!!
    This is extremely worrying, though perhaps not that scary until I try my backup 2nd standard username and that is taken as well, and also find that my 3rd backup standard username is also taken!!

    What is going on? I cannot imagine how anyone is finding out this information, however I have found that this is more likely with the recent influx of Playtech programs.

    My concern is this, are there rogue Playtech casinos who are using our good names together with some parasite plugins to attract business and steal our traffic?
    It just seems that it is too coicidental that I can have so many of my standard usernames already taken up by someone else!!

    Has anybody experienced the same thing?

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    Hey Casinoman,

    SOME Playtech casinos appear to have a shared affiliate system - you cannot register the same username at Casino Tropez and Club Dice casino for example. I was told once it was like that for all of them, but have registered at some PT casinos with the same username so that can't be true.

    That's probably all it is though!
    Why not check out some non-gaming Affiliate Programs too?

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    thanks, that's a pretty disorganized way of managing them though without telling affiliates!

    also I have tried to login each time my username is taken, just in case it was the fact that they are co managed, but I have never managed to login to other unsigned casinos with all known passwords!

    still strange.

    For example Sun Place casino said all 3 of my usernames were taken, but I could not login with any password.
    Does this mean that they share usernames but still keep unique passwords per site? I wonder....
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    Yeah it seems silly - because the logins don't work across the board even if the username is 'shared'. So, if you'd registered 'casimoman' at Casino Tropez, you couldn't use the same username at Club Dice. You still can't login at Club Dice with the Casino Tropez account however - so the login functions aren't really 'shared' at all.

    No idea how many Playtech's this goes for, but I get the feeling only the older PT's are affected for some reason.
    Why not check out some non-gaming Affiliate Programs too?

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    Had the same thing and decided (hoped) it was a shared aff program.
    Glad they are I'm promoting them at the moment!

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    Starnet/WorldGaming was/is the same way - can't use the same username at any 2 different programs.

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